I am on a revising roll and it's almost Friday.
So I'm revising a novel I wrote a few years ago, because I still think it's one of my best/favorites stories and I plan to query with it at some point (probably next year, after grad school's out of the way). And I still like it a lot! Nothing in it has made me cringe too hard, so I haven't melted with despair over my terrible lack of talent and futile quest toward publication.
But! Like with any manuscript from the past and growth over time, there are a few instances where I have been bewildered by some of my choices then. Like, though I wouldn't qualify it as abuse, I liked adverbs a lot more three years ago. And there were one or two instances where I head-jumped between characters for a paragraph, which doesn’t work with semi-limited third, even with dual MCs. And who knows what else I'll find as I continue through. I'll have to read through my first two chapters again once I reach the end to make sure the changes I've made work the way I think they do.
At least I'm still feeling pretty confident about the plot structure, character development, and important stuff like that, and still smiling at some of the lines I wrote. If I can forget I wrote this book and find myself just enjoying it, I will feel ready. Of course, at that point I'll realize that I wasn't revising anything and then conduct a frantic re-read--
But I'll take it as a good sign if I can get lost inside a story I wrote.